The Florida Coastal Management Program is based on a network of agencies implementing 24 statutes that protect and enhance the state's natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. The program's goal is to coordinate local, state and federal agency activities using existing laws to ensure that Florida's coast is as valuable to future generations as it is today. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for directing the implementation of the statewide coastal management program.
FCMP Works to Promote Rip Current and Beach Safety!
The Florida Coastal Management Program has worked with organizations from both in Florida and at the federal level to aid in making the beachgoing experience safer for visitors to Florida’s wonderful stretches of sand.
To aid in this effort, FCMP has worked with the Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association, the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), and the International Life Saving Federation to develop a uniform warning flag program for use by Florida’s beachfront communities. These flags and corresponding signs help to provide general warnings about overall surf conditions, which better educate beach goers and ultimately helps to provide a safe beach experience to visitors.
In addition to these flags and signs, FCMP also works with NOAA’s National Weather Service and Sea Grant, along with the USLA in the development of Rip Current educational materials. This increases awareness of rip currents that can pose a significant risk at the beach and is a critical element to improved public safety while visiting Florida’s wonderful beaches.
More information about the educational efforts of FCMP can be found here. To better understand the dynamics and dangers that rip currents pose, FCMP encourages you to read over information and professional advice from the National Weather Service and the USLA.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.